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Should I talk to my doctor about my Bell's palsy symptoms?

If you suddenly experience symptoms that look like those of Bell's palsy, such as paralysis on one half of your face, you should go to the emergency room, rather than waiting for a doctor's appointment. It is important to make sure that you are not experiencing a stroke or another illness that is similar to Bell's palsy.

If you have had Bell's palsy in the past, and especially if it runs in your family, you may wish to talk to your doctor about whether or not you are likely to have Bell's palsy again. Since Bell's palsy often occurs when people have another body condition such as pregnancy, diabetes, or a cold or the flu, you may wish to ask your doctor for more information about your condition and how Bell's palsy might affect you individually.

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